The coast, villages and countryside of the Eastern Algarve and then explore the treasures of this most westerly corner of Europe.
A varied and comprehensive exploration of Morocco
What does this mean?
Tour codes: 20370
Easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing.
You are unlikely to walk more than 6 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to 300m.
This explorative holiday uncovers Morocco’s many faces including bustling cities, rich culture and history, the raw beauty of the Rif Mountains, the mighty peaks of the Atlas Mountains, and golden dunes of the Sahara Desert.
From Casablanca we transfer to Rabat for a tour of the old medina, before arriving in the blue-washed city of Chefchaouen with its unique blend of Moroccan and Andalucian influence, plus the striking contrast of the surrounding Rif Mountains. Next is Fes where we encounter craftsmen using traditional practices, vibrant markets, colourful tanneries and mosques.
We visit Ifrane located in the Atlas Mountains and in contrast visit the Merzouga Desert and stay in a luxury camp. Stopping at the UNESCO Kasbah named Aït Benhaddou, we end our time in vibrant Marrakech with a guided tour.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
We depart London Gatwick for Casablanca Airport. On arrival we travel directly to the county’s capital and our hotel in Rabat.
In the morning our local guide will take us on a guided tour of Rabat’s old medina. Unlike the Medinas in Marrakech or Fez, Rabats is much smaller, more relaxed and has far less tourists to share it with. Here we can discover Rue De Consuls; a street named in honour of 19th-century diplomats and lined with merchants selling wonderful traditional crafts. And the kasbah of the Udayas, with white and blue washed walls, like a mini Chefchoauen. As our tour of Rabat old medina nears the end, we will travel (2 hours) to Volubilis, an archaeological site with remnants of its connection to the Roman Empire as a past provincial capital.
It is a further three hours’ drive to our next centre, Chefchoauen, a city of blue washed buildings set in the Rif mountains. The wonderful scenery of tranquil blue seas in the middle of the rugged mountains will distract us from the long drive. As the day winds down and the sun sets for the night, we can stroll around the city, browsing the handcrafted items that the locals have for sale.
Today you are free to discover Chefchoauen at leisure, our local guide can offer some recommendations on how to spend the day. If you would like some company, our tour leader can take you on a short walk around the city.
After breakfast we travel (3 hours 40 minutes) to Fes.
We take the day to acquaint ourselves with Fes’s ancient quarter, the medina of Fes; one of the largest carfree urban zones in the world, the perfect place to explore on foot. We will work our way through the intricate maze of streets, observing craftsmen practicing their daily traditional work, markets, beautiful tanneries and many mosques.
For a complete contrast to bustling city life, we make our way to Ifrane ( 1 hour, 20 minuters); a town in the Middle Atlas Mountains, with its alpine style of architecture and its proximity to ski slopes and forests, it has earned it the alias of ‘Morocco’s Switzerland’. At an altitude of 5,460 feet above sea level, its fertile flower beds and lake studded parks, it is a pleasure to discover a new side of Morocco and one that you probably didn’t expect to encounter.
We leave the cool breeze of this alpine resort and feel the temperatures rise as we head into the Sahara Desert. Our journey takes in the mesmerizing Erg Chebbi, and on reaching Merzouga we will change our form of transport and ride out on 4x4 to our luxury tented accommodation for the night, deep in the dunes.
Having had an extraordinary and peaceful experience of sleeping in this remote location, we take the day to discover the inhabitants of the Sarah Desert. We begin in the village of Hassilabiad deep within the Merzouga desert, and Khemlia, which is a holder of fragments of the Sub-Saharan nomads that populated it in the 15th century after leaving countries like Ghana. In this little village, be embraced by the culture and music that resonates within the village and enjoy their local cuisine while learning and experiencing a different outlook on life. We drive back out to the camp in the afternoon and enjoy a sunset camel ride to finish our magical day in the dunes.
Today we discover Ouarzazate, known as “the door to the desert”, a gateway to the Sahara Desert, and passes through Todra gorge, which is a set of limestone river canyons.
In the morning we will travel to Ait Benhaddou, here and with a local guide, we discover the UNESCO listed Kasbah, one of the country’s most impressive historic landmarks and a popular film location. After we continue to the “Red City” of Marrakech, a city with a wonderful mixture of traditional Arab-Andalusian architecture combined with touches of European modernity. On arrival we will have some time to relax and soak up the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
On our final full day in Morocco, the energy and lively atmosphere that the city asserts will invigorate us for a full day city tour. The tour will lead us on foot through the bazaars, palaces and mosques, including the Djema el fna, a large square and marketplace filled with spice booths and souks.
We have a good part of the day to independently explore the city. We depart late afternoon to Marrakech Airport for our return flight back to the UK.
Departure dates for your selected tour
10th Apr 2021 - 21st Apr 2021 (11 Nights)
18th Sep 2021 - 29th Sep 2021 (11 Nights)
9th Oct 2021 - 20th Oct 2021 (11 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The hotel is located in the heart of the city centre, and beautifully furnished in modern design with luxury touches. There is a reason why it is called "The View", with 17 floors, the upper floors provide panoramic views of the city. The hotel is well equipped with a number of amenities, including a spa & wellness centre, an indoor heated swimming pool and a fitness centre. All rooms have Flat screen TV’s with satellite channels, air conditioning, a kettle, a seating area and bathrobes and slippers.
This traditional Riad is located in a quiet side of Hassan Al street, at one of the main intersections of the old Medina, which connects Bab Souk and Bab Onsar. There are a multitude of attractions near by to the hotel, including, the Outa El Hammam Square, the Kasba, and Mohammed 5 Square. Although traditional, the Riad is equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning, heating, fridge, safe and TV. Complementary Wifi is also available. The hotel also has both an indoor and outdoor pool.
Perched high up on the hills of Fes, this hillside hotel has prime location overlooking the Medina, and only a 3-minute walk to the Marinid Tombs and less than a mile to the 14th-century Bou Inania Madrasa. Rooms are bright and decorated in traditional Moroccan design. The facilities include air conditioning, a Flat Screen TV, minibar and laptop-size safe. The upgraded rooms offer balconies, whirlpool tubs and views of the Medina or the mountains. The hotel facilities include an elegant rooftop restaurant with a sliding roof, a French restaurant and a poolside bar. There's also a terrace with an outdoor pool with Medina views.
This hotel offers a luxury Alpine chalet atmosphere in Morocco! The hotel is well located close to the centre of Ifrane, Ifrane National Park and the Royal Palace. Each room has a balcony that overlooks either the pool or the surrounding forest area. The hotel facilities include a spa and wellness centre, a golf course, and a variety of bars and restaurants. There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The rooms are spacious and well appointed, facilities include a TV with satellite channels, heating and air conditioning.
This luxurious tented camp provides both a unique and extraordinary experiencing, sleeping under the stars in the middle of the Sahara Desert. The 16 luxury tents offer all the amenities and comforts of a luxury hotel room, the tents have ample space for two people and include a shower and toilet inside the tent, partitioned off from the sleeping area.
Located in Ouarzazate town centre, the Berbere Palace is just 5 minutes’ drive from the famous Kasbah de Taourirt. They offer an extensive spa centre with things like hammam, sauna and a hot tub. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a TV with both satellite and cable channels. Some rooms include a patio with a seating area.
This elegant hotel is located close to Medina, a 15-minute walk to the Royal Palace and the Jamaâ el Fna Square. Some rooms offer a balcony as well as a seating area. The hotel has many excellent facilities, including three swimming pool, one of which is a roof top pool, a spa and wellness area, and various restaurants offering Italian, French and Moroccan cuisine. The rooms facilities include, air conditioning, TVs with both cable and satellite channels.
This is a Grade 3 leisurely holiday which includes countryside walking with plenty of breaks, normally taking up the whole day, and is likely to include an element of sightseeing. You are unlikely to walk more than 8 miles and the cumulative ascents and descents will be gradual and range from minimal to up to about 300m. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
The majority of our walks will be sightseeing on foot in cities and local villages, the ascent and descent here will be minimal. On our days out of the cities, and in Ifrane and Ouarzazate our walks may be over rough ground, with ascents and descents of around? , taken at a relaxed pace, and walking times rarely exceed 5 hours.
Please see our daily itinerary for more detailed information regarding the walks.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Currency in Morocco
The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. Please note that it is not possible to change Scottish or Irish banknotes in Morocco. If changing sterling banknotes at banks or currency exchange points in Morocco these should be in pristine condition; banknotes which are torn, crumpled or have writing on them will not be accepted.
As you are probably already aware, tipping or “backsheesh” is a way of life in north Africa. In order to take the hassle out of tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by Ramblers Walking Holidays plus a contribution from you, which your leader will collect during the holiday. We suggest an amount of £2-£3 per person per day, although this is discretional.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
We fly from London Gatwick to Casablanca airport with Air Arabia and out of Marrakech with British Airways.
Travel between Casablanca Airport and our hotel in Rabat is around 1 hour 15 minutes and between our hotel in Marrakech to Marrakech airport takes approximately 20 minutes, both transfers are by road. During the holiday we will travel by private coach / minibus.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?
If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.
Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.
Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents
For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.
Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Passport Information for Morocco
British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Morocco. Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. Your passport does not need any additional period of validity beyond this. When entering Morocco you should ensure that your passport is stamped to avoid any difficulties on departure. It is necessary to complete an immigration form on both arrival and departure in Morocco for presentation to the Immigration Control officer.
You may be given the form on your outbound flight or can find the forms in the Arrivals Hall at Marrakech airport. You may wish to take an additional blank form from immigration with you to complete for presentation at customs on your departure flight. You will also find the forms at the entrance to passport control on your return journey.
Breakfasts, dinners and one lunch is included in the holiday charge. Buffet breakfasts are taken at the hotel, while some dinners will be at the hotel and others will be at local restaurants. Tagines of chicken or lamb are the more traditional meal served and these are generally served without vegetables. Desserts generally aren’t eaten in Morocco and meals usually consist of a starter and main course and finishing with something simple such as fresh fruit, yoghurt or cake. Vegetarians can be catered for on this holiday. A lunch is included on day 8, on other days lunches are not included in the holiday cost but are easily bought locally.
Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Electricity in Morocco
The electricity supply in Morocco is 220V, although older buildings may be 110V or a mix of both. You will need a 2 round pin plug adaptor to use electrical appliances.
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
The Map Shop
Maps and guidebooks relating to the areas you will be walking in may be bought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for Morocco
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Morocco.
You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK.
Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Typhoid immunisations are recommended.
You may also wish to consider immunisations against Hepatitis B and Rabies.
Dengue fever exists in Morocco; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites.
There is a risk of schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection (also known as bilharzia) that is transmitted to humans through contact with fresh water.
Diarrhoea & Boiled Water
Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best.
Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.
Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended. Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.
See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.
Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.
Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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